Baby Wins Preemie Battle But Loses Life to Hands of Father

Shane Walls only lived 120 days, most of that in the hospital. First, he battled back from being a preemie. Then, when he was finally sent home to begin his life, his real battle began. And tragically that was one he couldn't win. Little Shane was brutally beaten by his father until he breathed no more. His autopsy showed signs of broken ribs and cranial bleeding, that told of his history of being ruthlessly shaken.

Shane's father, Cory Daniel Walls, has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse in the death of Shane. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Shane was born a preemie and spent his first weeks of life in the hospital since he was so underweight. Sadly, he would have been better off if he had stayed there.

Pictures of Shane and his parents show Cory and his girlfriend, whose whereabouts are unknown, lovingly holding their little boy shortly after he was born. There is no sign of his hell to come.

That's how photos can be. They can truly capture the soul and spirit. And they can also capture none of it. For nothing in these photos show that Cory would kill his son. He looks at his son like he's a miracle. The pictures make you go "Aww;" they make you think how lucky the whole family was. It's a brutal lesson on never reading too much into photos. For none of Cory's friends or family could have possibly looked at them and thought how little time Shane would have left.

Cory was reportedly addicted to painkillers. And he also clearly could not care for a child.

If only anyone could have read into those photos and saved Shane. But no one could.

Do you ever wonder if photos tell the whole story?


Image via Police

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How is it involuntary manslaughter? You beat a newborn that badly, he is going to die. This was murder

Patricia Davis Chenoweth

he needs to spend the rest of his life the way he did that poor inosent child he didnt ask to be brought in this world

Samantha Fouts

SAHMJC - I was thinking the same thing. It was obiously intentional. It wasn't some tragic accident. It was absolutely murder.

nonmember avatar babyrn

As a NICU nurse, this is one of our greatest fears. Most parents I've worked with are great, and I'm confident will be loving parents, but there are occasionally those that make us uneasy. We can recommend a social service consult, but they are limited in what they can do without hard evidence of a problem. There are babies I've said extra prayers for their safety after they are discharged.

cmw327 cmw327

Such a tragic story. That poor baby. How anyone could beat an innocent baby to death is beyond me. He deserves a lot more than 20 years! He should be beaten until he stops breathing!

Jill Trigg

20 years for taking a life?? Really how is that even close to fair. Our system are so screwed up. No wonder people commit these kinds of crimes.... SAD!!

Lisa Miller-Palmeri

First I want to say I am NOT agreeing with what this POS did and believe he should rot in hell. To SAHMJC & Samantha Fouts, I am thinking the reason for the involuntary manslaughter charge is because he was probably "high and didn't know what he was doing" the definition for involuntary manslaughter is: Involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, either express or implied. It is distinguished from voluntary manslaughter by the absence of intention. It is normally divided into two categories; constructive manslaughter and criminally negligent manslaughter, both of which involve criminal liability.
Personally I don't believe 20 yrs is long enough, but I do take comfort in knowing this POS will get his while in prison. Even the most hardened criminals don't hate child abusers/baby killers/pedophiles etc.

Nina St Clair-MacPherson

He will get his-either in prison or when he has to face God in the end.  Poor child didn't have a chance.  I wish this man (whatever!) the same-no chance.

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